Perceived Discrimination and Biological Pathways to Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Project Title: Perceived Discrimination and Biological Pathways to Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Supervising Faculty: Peter Gianaros, PhD
Contact: Kimberly Lockwood (
Area of Research: Health Psychology
Description of Research:
This study focuses on the relationship between perceived discrimination and cardiovascular disease. In particular, the project will examine the relationship between daily survey reports of perceived discrimination and laboratory measurements of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. To apply, please send your resume and a brief description of your interests to Kimberly Lockwood (
Duties of Students:
We are looking for motivated, reliable, and organized undergraduates interested in biological/health psychology and health disparities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research-related activities. As a part of the study, students will:
·       Assist with laboratory assessments of cardiovascular health among midlife adults from the Pittsburgh community
·       Conduct phone screens with potential participants
·       Attend lab meetings to discuss study progress
·       Assist with recruitment-related tasks
·       Assist with data entry, management, and/or analysis


Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Able to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week in the lab, with availability on weekday afternoons from May-July 2018
Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
Preferred Coursework: PSY 0035 (Research Methods) and STAT 0200/1000/1100 (Statistics); PSY 0505 (Biopsychology) or PSY 1215 (Health Psychology)